One Story – One Hour
September 26 @ 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
Israel Joshua Singer’s novel: Yoshe Kalb
with Dr. Susanne Klingenstein
As the High Holidays approach, we begin a journey of introspection. We cleanse our souls through remorse. This year we invite you to begin the journey with the help of Israel Joshua Singer’s novel Yoshe Kalb: A 14-year-old spoiled Hasidic boy is married off and falls in love with his mother-in-law. Disaster ensues and withering remorse. Published in 1932, the novel became a smashing success in both Warsaw and New York, where it was turned into a successful Broadway play.
As anti-Semitism tightened its grip on the Jews in Central Europe, Jews flocked to a novel about Hasidic decadence, sin and about a repentance. Why? Can repentance go too far? Should remorse turn into action? Political action? While readers loved the book, critics panned it, found it bleak and ugly and dangerous. The intensity of its emotions are hard to match. A boy becomes a wanderer in search of a clean soul.
Read the book – Join us for the discussion.
All are welcome even if you did not attend last year’s course. No Fee.
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Dr. Susanne Klingenstein was born in Germany and studied at the University of Heidelberg, Harvard and Brandeis University. She wrote her dissertation on the integration of Jewish professors into American English departments. She has published four books, dozens of scholarly articles on Jewish literature, and some 250 journalistic pieces. She is currently writing a history of Yiddish literature.
At Temple Emanuel, Dr. Klingenstein has taught, a three-year course on Yiddish literature, a two-year course on Russian literature, a course on the Jews in Russia and in 2017-18 introduced the One Story-One Hour course.